Taylor Swift's Squad Describes What It's Really Like Being Her Friend

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Having a famous friend would be a surreal experience for anyone. Now imagine that famous friend is Taylor Swift, she of the mega popular country-pop tunes and over-the-top tours. That would be crazy, even if you're famous yourself.

If you've ever been curious about what it's like to be in Taylor Swift's squad, her closest friends have shared firsthand accounts of having a special bond with someone so instantly recognizable. There are added pressures, to be sure, but in other ways, your squad is your squad, whether you're Taylor Swift or an anonymous citizen. As Taylor's besties describe it, their friendships provide support, warmth, and most of all, fun. They think Taylor Swift is the best.

And Swift reciprocates. She seems to go out of her way to keep her squad somewhat sacred, and when details emerge about what it's like to be friends with Taylor Swift, it's a glimpse into another world. These stories from Taylor Swift's friends also touch on something universal: the unwavering connection people share with their closest pals.


    Abigail Anderson is Taylor's BFF; the two have known one another since high school. Taylor's song "Fifteen" was written by and for Anderson.

    168 votes

    When it comes to sheer star power, Selena Gomez is one of the few squad members who can actually hold a candle to Taylor. But megawattage isn't the point in the squad; it's about the relationship. Gomez and Swift have shared a solid and enduring friendship for years. "I've known her for 10 years," Gomez said. "She's been one of my best friends through thick and thin, walked by my side." Gomez told Glamour:

    "Taylor's amazing. She's so smart and sweet and humble – and she's way more successful than I am! So when I see her after everything she's been through and she just wants to go home and bake cookies with me, that to me is awesome."

    366 votes

    Ed Sheeran is one of the few men who have gained membership into Taylor's squad. And he's still pinching himself over the craziness of it all. Sheeran told Rolling Stone:

    "Taylor's world is celebrity. I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates...

    I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f*ck did that happen?'"

    265 votes

    While the first priority of the squad is surely friendship and support, the gang knows the optics of their relationship are also important. Gigi Hadid discussed the larger implications of the squad in an interview with Elle:

    "It's a conversation we often have. We want to be the generation and the group of friends known for supporting each other. 'Squad Goals' is a big social-media thing right now, and that's what we want to inspire in other groups of friends – to be proud of the power you all have when you're together, which can be amplified so much by each person. That's what has been cool about everyone’s willingness to be there for each other."

    200 votes

    Ruby Rose has come to Taylor's defense more than once, proving she is a gold-star member of the squad. After Kanye West released a disparaging song about Taylor, Rose tweeted:

    "If I put myself in the shoes of the women he has hurt recently... And now my dear friend Taylor. Right before another huge moment for her. Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No."

    She also jumped to Taylor's defense during another episode in the Swift-Katy Perry feud. When Perry released "Swish Swish," a song assumed to slam her rival, Rose again took to Twitter:

    "I just think with everything going on in the world to go from rebranding as political activist only to ditch it and go low... is... a bummer. 'Purposeful poop' to 'bomb a petit' to a sloppy mess of writing over the top of Funkagenda… stop trying to make 'Wit… I mean 'fetch' happen."

    120 votes

    The squad is apparently all about food. Uzo Aduba confirmed this during an interview in which she talked about a Fourth of July party Taylor threw:

    "It is definitely a lot of dessert making and barbecuing. We love a barbecue! I went there for the Fourth of July, and she’s just amazing... a great hostess, a great, great girl, a sweetheart, and she just wants everyone to have a good time."

    87 votes